Our FAQ answers the most common questions about the studio and how to prepare for your experience in class. Please don’t hesitate to contact us. As always, we’ll gladly answer any questions and provide additional information.
The word yoga is often interpreted as “union” or a method of discipline. Most people practicing yoga today are engaged in asana, one of the 8 limbs of yoga, which is a program of physical postures designed to purify the body and provide the physical strength and stamina required for long periods of meditation.
The physical benefits of yoga are many. Yoga increases strength, flexibility, and vitality; all systems of the body benefit from increased function. The more subtle benefits of yoga are relaxation and self-awareness. Through your yoga practice, you will develop the ability to handle stress and have clearer, calmer more positive thoughts.
No! In fact, most people starting yoga can’t reach their toes. This is why we do yoga! The beauty of regular practice is improved flexibility and strength.
Try a variety of classes to get an idea of what styles of yoga and teachers you vibe with. Strength Flow, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa classes tend to be a bit spicier. Restorative, gentle yoga, and Yin yoga tend to be on the sweeter side as they are less physically challenging.
Bring your mat and a water bottle. Some classes may require you to bring additional props. This is usually noted in the class description when you sign up. It’s important to bring an open mind and a sense of fun so that you’re prepared to go with the flow!
You should wear comfortable and non-restrictive clothing; anything you would wear to a typical exercise class. We work with bare feet in yoga so be prepared to shed your socks and shoes.
Try not to eat a full meal for at least three hours before class. Come to class hydrated and feel free to bring your own bottle of water for mid-class thirst.
It’s always important to discuss any existing physical conditions and concerns with your instructor prior to class start time. Yoga is beneficial to many people with chronic pain by helping the body maintain balance between breath, strength, flexibility, movement, and awareness. If you are under a physician’s care, please be sure to discuss taking yoga classes with them.
Yoga can be very beneficial during pregnancy. Prior to class start time, please let your instructor know you’re expecting. Make sure to avoid twisting, inversions, pranayama, any abdominal strengthening pose, and lying on your belly. Remember, balancing poses may get tougher as you progress in your pregnancy so use the wall or blocks to keep yourself balanced and stay in the pose longer. Make sure to drink plenty of water and take bathroom breaks whenever needed.